'Book of Mormon' to return to Hippodrome

Tim Smith
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
The one-musical-offends-all "Book of Mormon" is coming back to the Hippodrome next season.

Those perky missionaries in their white shirts and black ties will return to Baltimore to spread humor, or offense, once again.

"The Book of Mormon," the irreverent musical from the creators of "South Park," broke a house record last season when it grossed $1.6 million during its second week at the Hippodrome Theatre. It will have another crack at the record now that the show has been added to the venue's 2015-2016 lineup.

Subscribers to the Broadway Series will get first crack at tickets to "Mormon," which is scheduled to run Nov. 3-15.

Also new to the 2015-2016 season is another return engagement, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Based on the animated film, this musical was last at the Hippodrome two years ago. It will be back onstage May 10-15, 2016.

There is news, too, about casting for one of the previously announced shows on the subscription series.

"Love Letters," the popular A.R. Gurney play about a 50-year relationship carried out entirely by correspondence, will star two seasoned Hollywood and TV veterans: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. They were famously paired in the 1970 hit movie "Love Story," from the best-selling novel by Erich Segal.

"Love Letters" will close the season, June 7-12, 2016.

The rest of the subscription series is devoted to musicals: the Tony Award-winning "Kinky Boots," Sept. 29 to Oct. 4; a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," Dec. 8-13; the ever-popular "Phantom of the Opera," Jan. 27 to Feb. 7, 2016; "Motown the Musical," based on Berry Gordy's autobiography, March 8-13, 2016; "The Illusionists," a magic-based show, March 29 to April 3, 2016; and the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Kander and Ebb's "Cabaret," April 26 to May 1, 2016.

The Hippodrome's new policy of mostly one-week bookings necessitated a controversial reseating process for subscribers that will begin Monday with the start of the renewal period, which runs through Feb. 20. New subscriptions will go on sale later.

For more information, call 800-343-3103, or visit the Hippodrome's box office, 12 N. Eutaw St.

tim.smith@baltsun.com

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